The best ideas seem to be the most obvious ones and I stumbled across one the other day at my local gun store. The Peregrine MAGnet Gun Caddy definitely falls into the obvious good idea category. Basically it’s a piece of hard foam with a slot to hold a gun barrel attached to a magnet mounted in a sturdy plastic housing. This piece of gear is intended to provide you with an in-field gun mount that attaches to your vehicle or any other metal surface. For $6.99 ($9.99 MSRP) I had to give it a try.
Upon initial inspection I noticed what I thought was an oily residue on the magnet surface. It turns out it was a piece of tape with oil underneath. I assume this was supposed to be removed before packaging. The magnet’s edges seemed a bit sharp for use on a vehicle’s finish, but I grabbed my 20-inch heavy barrel AR and headed to my driveway for testing.
The first thing I noticed is my scope prevents the rifle from being mounted like pictured in the products packaging. If you’re using the MAGnet with a shotgun, this won’t be a problem. To use it with a scoped rifle you’ll have to rotate it.
Not a major inconvenience, but an angled rifle tends to want to rotate back under its own weight. This product is definitely more suited for shotguns or a rifle with no scope.
Three things concerned me about the MAGnet; a weak magnet causing my gun to fall, scratches on my car’s finish and forgetting the mount was still attached and driving away.
The magnet feels a bit weak, but it held the rifle in place well. To test the mount’s holding power I angled the rifle. Surprisingly it stayed put. I’d trust the MAGnet to hold a polymer stock hunting rifle.
The mount did, however, scratch my car’s finish. To be completely fair I did have to wiggle the mount a little bit to make a scratch. Removing the mount might cause a scratch if you don’t remove it carefully. Some sort of coating or material over the magnet would help prevent scratches, but might reduce hold capability.
Forgetting the mount is attached and driving away could be a serious problem, but wouldn’t be the fault of the MAGnet. That would be a stupid mistake and one I will probably never make. However I can see how it would be possible to forget the mount depending on how long you’ve parked your gun. A few long days on a hunt combined with a lack of sleep could cause someone to be a little forgetful. A simple note on the steering wheel could prevent this. Or be sure to mount your rifle on the driver side of the car.
Specifications: Peregrine MAGnet Gun Caddy
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Manufactured: Made In USA
MSRP: $9.99 (street price about $6.99)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Overall * * *
The MAGnet is a simple product that’s well made. It loses a star right off the bat for the scratch. I took another star off because the mount is a bit short to be used with a scoped rifle. It holds rifles securely and provides a convenient mounting solution while in the field. Then again it’s one more thing to pack before a hunt, and I’m not sure I’d miss really is it if I left it at home.